This Is Me--2024 A to Z Theme

My A to Z Themes in the past have covered a range of topics and for 2024 the theme is a personal retrospective that I call "I Coulda Been" which is in reference to my job and career arc over my lifetime. I'll be looking at all sorts of occupations that I have done or could have done. Maybe you've done some of these too!

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Oh Baby! Who Won the Battle? ( #BOTB Results )


    Tuesday:  The trash trucks came by today.  For a while I watered my lawn.  I had a Stouffers frozen dinner for supper.  All in all it was a decent day.  I'm glad I lived it.  And now for the news...

Battle of the Bands Results

     Here's the results of my most recent "You Baby" Battle:

Final Vote Tally

Lovin Spoonful    6 votes

The Turtles         10 votes

Next Battle on Friday December 1

     My November schedule is pretty busy in the coming weeks.  I probably won't be doing much in the way of blogging activity, but I'll try to visit any midmonth Battles that I see.   Have a nice Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

You Baby ( #IWSG & #BOTB )

       So NANO is here and that means it's November which means it's almost Thanksgiving which precedes Christmas and New Year--seems like it was just April a minute ago...

The Insecure Writer's Support Group

Join us on the first Wednesday of each month in Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group--a forum of writers who gather to talk about writing and the writer's life. For a complete list of participants visit Alex's Blog
     The co-hosts for the November 1 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, Jean Davis, Lisa Buie Collard, and Diedre Knight.

November 1 question: November is National Novel Writing Month. Have you ever participated? If not, why not?

        Soon after I first began to blog and had gotten caught up in the fever of it all, I ran across National Novel Writing Month and quickly jumped on board.  At the time I was trying to build up an online following so I'd join along with anything that might expand my community relations. That was 2009.

        I had a great experience that first year as I was attempting to post daily on my blog and visit other blogs while working on my first real attempt at writing a novel.  It was a crazy time for a number of reasons as you might well imagine, but I'm glad I did it.
         When 2010 came I delved into NANO like an old hand.  This time I felt more organized and had cut back on daily blogging (although I was now posting on three different blogs).  This next novel project went much better than the first and I think I had more fun with it.

         In 2011 I started to write, but dropped out after the first week.  My heart wasn't in it like in the beginning.  Since then I've thought about doing the write a novel in a month thing, but it's not a thought I dwell on for long.

        Do I recommend doing NANO?  If writing a novel or some other book appeals to you and you can dedicate the time then, sure, I'd say do it.  If you stick to the commitment then you'll produce something that you might be able to do something else with later, or at least prove that you can do it.

       But like anything, it's about you, baby!  And that reminds me of a couple of songs...

Battle of the Bands

        Battle of the Bands is the blogging event started by Far Away Series and now hosted by StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands.   This event happens each month on the 15th and on some there is also a Battle on the 1st of the month.  My blog is one of those with a second Battle excepting over these summer months.   The premise is simple:  Listen to the songs presented below and then in the comments vote for your favorite and tell us why you liked it.  Then visit the links listed near the bottom of this post for more Battle action.

You Baby

      I have an album in my collection that has the title Battle of the Bands.  It's a double package with greatest hits by two popular bands from the late sixties and on--The Turtles and The Lovin Spoonful. Seems like a natural for this blog feature that I do here.  And it just so happens that each group has a song in their set called "You Baby"--different songs, same title.  Take a listen and tell us which you like best...

The Lovin' Spoonful  "You Baby"   (1965)   

        This song was written by the well-known songwriters Barry Mann, Phil Spector,  and Cynthia Weill. It was originally recorded by The Ronnettes.  

The Turtles   "You Baby" (1966)  

        Written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, this song was first recorded by the Vogues, but was released first by The Turtles. 


Time to Vote!

           And now it's up to you to help decide the winner here.  Which do you like best?.  Just listen and have fun.
  Hopefully you have an opinion of some kind.  You don't have to know about music to have an opinion since it all comes down to your own personal taste.

        Please vote on your favorite by letting us know your choice in the comment section and tell us why you prefer the version you chose. Then after you've finished here, please visit the other blogs listed below who may or may not be participating this time around. And if you've put up your own BOTB contest let us know that as well so we can vote on yours. I don't know if anyone else will be doing a Battle this time around, but you can still check out these sites.

Here are some other places where you might find BOTB posts:

 StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands

'Curious as a Cathy'

Sound of One Hand Typing

Jingle, Jangle, Jungle 

Results coming on Wednesday November 8